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(en) Russia: Black flag flying over prison colony in Samara region

Date Mon, 22 May 2006 12:25:13 +0200 (CEST)

Recent events at the IK-10 penal colony (Volzhski village, Krasnoyarski
area, Samara region) took a dramatic turn. Inmate Gennadi
Schegolikhin of squad # 13 is disabled [2nd degree invalid in Russian
categorization]. On May 15, 2006 Gennadi climbed a lamp
post located in the middle of the colony grounds and hung up a large
homemade black flag.
Schegolikhin hung up the flag in protest over the prison authority's
refusal to transfer him into a squad for persons with disabilities. It's
not known whether Schegolikhin is an anarchist.
Firemen were called around 11 PM the following day (16 May)
and a water cannon was turned on Genadi in an attempt to knock him off the
post. This led to rioting by 8 squads of inmates (2 sections). Dismayed by
these actions that were clearly threatening Genadi's life, they smashed up
the fences separating their local areas.

Shortly after, SpecNaz (Voiska Spezcialinogo Nazanacheniya | Special
Forces) troops affiliated with the Ministry of Justice were sent into the
zona. There were no reports of troops beating inmates (which is unusual,
as usually any prison mutinies in Russia are put down with extreme
Some sources claim that criminal cases were initiated against 4 inmates.

Material from local Human Rights mailing lists.

(Translators note: there are occasional reports of black flags being used
during prison protests in Russia, for example during famous gulag strike
in Norilsk of Siberian far North in 1952. Also prisons with resisting
prisoners on top are called "blacks", whereas those where stooges and
informers have upper hand are called "reds". If is hard to say if this
association of black color with prison rebellion in Russia has any
historical roots in anarchism or not.)

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